Hurt: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers (Youth, Family And Culture Series)
From body cutting to Columbine, the plight of today's adolescents is often front-page news. How can the church begin to understand the root causes of this turmoil? What can be done? In HURT, Chap Clark writes that today's adolescents...
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From body cutting to Columbine, the plight of today's adolescents is often front-page news. How can the church begin to understand the root causes of this turmoil? What can be done?
In HURT, Chap Clark writes that today's adolescents operate within an environment in which adults have largely abdicated their responsibility to mold and shape teenagers' everyday lives. As a result, the behaviours once associated with the adolescent fringe - sexual promiscuity, for example - have become the norm in contemporary youth culture.
Clark, who spent six months as a participant-observer at a north Los Angeles County public school, applies a broad ethnomethodological approach to understanding contemporary adolescent life. He argues that the social and relational turmoil of the 1960s set in motion a chain of events that left many adults unable to cope with the demands of life. Adolescents, a group much in need of parental guidance, were a prime casualty of this development. The rejection of adolescents by adults, Clark writes, "is the root of the fragmentation and calloused distancing that are the hallmarks of adolescent culture."
After examining the changing face of adolescence, Clark maps the landscape of everyday teen life - looking at the issues, problems, and challenges endemic to youth culture. A final section suggests a way out, offering strategies to stem the tide of abandonment running rampant in our culture.
This provocative and disturbing account of contemporary adolescent culture will be a valuable addition to college and seminary courses, and it can be read with profit by youth ministry workers, counsellors, pastors, parents, and anyone concerned about the youth of today. It is the first book in the new Youth, Family, and Culture series.
What do teenagers really think about adults? If you think you know the answer, you may be in for a surprise. According to Chap Clark, today's adolescents have largely been abandoned by adults and left to fend for themselves in an uncertain world. As a result, teens have created their own world to serve as a shield against uncaring adults. Based on six months of participant-observer research at a California public school, this book offers a somewhat troubling but insightful snapshot of adolescent life. It will surprise and enlighten parents, youth workers, counselors, pastors, and all who want to better understand the hearts and minds of America's adolescents.
Provides an inside look at the world of today's teenagers based on the author's firsthand experience.
"As an advocate for kids for over twenty years, I have watched things change since I was in school. Thankfully, this book made me face what I intuitively knew was real but pretended wasn't: The youth of our culture have been deeply wounded by our collective neglect and adult-driven self-focus. Young people need adults to understand what they are going through and people to care about them without a personal agenda. This book was very helpful to me, and my attitude toward teens will never be the same."--Doug Fields, pastor to students, Saddleback Church"This book does a great job of framing the issues affecting adolescents. It provided me with some powerful insights. No wonder adolescents identify with the movies I have been making-the characters are on the same journey of trying to find hope and authenticity. This book is a great look inside the adolescent world, the world beneath the one exposed to adults."--Ralph Winter, producer of Star Trek IV and VI and X-Men "For years my burden has been to enter the inside world of people with the passion of Christ. Clark has done it with adolescents. I predict Hurt will become the book to read for all who care about the spiritual development of teens."--Larry Crabb, New Way Ministries; author of Soul Talk"Clark gives evidence in this book as to why he is one of the brightest figures in the field of youth ministry. Hurt provides more insight into what young people feel and how to deal with their feelings than almost any other book that will come your way. This is an award-winning volume." --Tony Campolo, Eastern University"What makes Hurt so valuable is that it marries the very best of careful scholarship with a deep compassion for kids. Clark is not just an academic who offers thoughtful ethnographic research. He's a frontline youth worker who still spends time with these students even after all the data has been collected. This important book will be very helpful to youth workers, parents, counselors, and educators alike."--Duffy Robbins, associate professor of youth ministry, Eastern University"Based on solid research and years of insightful observation, Clark's Hurt serves to open the eyes of parents, youth workers, pastors, educators, and youth-serving professionals to realities from which the church has too often chosen to look away. Hurt's 'world beneath' is a world we must visit if we hope to be significant people through which the gospel speaks. If we hope to point the hopeless to true hope, these realities must be faced, understood, and addressed. Hurt offers a deep and penetrating look into the contemporary adolescent experience that will serve us well as we work to have a prophetic, preventive, and redemptive influence on the world of today's youth culture."--Walt Mueller, president, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding"Clark has been stepping inside the world of teenagers for many years. This book is a unique invitation for us to join him in their world. When we finish this journey, we will care more about kids and understand who they are and the challenges they face."--Denny Rydberg, president, Young Life
Chap Clark (Ph.D., University of Denver) is professor of Youth, Family and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and is director of youth ministry programs. Chap is also the executive administrator at Glendale (California) Presbyterian Church, a youth ministry volunteer for Young Life, and a consultant to schools, denominations, and parachurch organizations.
His publishing credits include The Youth Worker's Handbook to Family Ministry; Daughters and Dads: Building a Lasting Relationship (coauthor); Four Views of Youth Ministry and the Church (coauthor); Deep Ministry in a Shallow World (2006, co-authored with Kara Powell), and Hurt: Inside the World of Todays Teenagers (2004, 2011) a CBA finalist for Book of the Year, available in Spanish and Cantonese),